Baltimore: Hanzsche & Co. 1855. 14, [2 blank] pp. Contemporary plain salmon wrappers bound into modern wrappers. Very Good, with old binding remnant on blank inner margin of original front and rear wrapper.
Einhorn was a Baltimore Rabbi, born in Bavaria, who led the American Reform Jewish movement. He came to the United States in 1855. This is his first American publication, and one of the earliest American Jewish sermons in the German language. Several years later, after delivering an outraged attack on Rabbi Morris Raphall's shocking defense of slavery as biblically ordained, he became persona non grata in Baltimore. Threats to his safety compelled his hasty exit in 1861. He accepted a position in Philadelphia as Rabbi of a reform congregation. For Einhorn, Judaism's eternal truth was its acknowledgement of one God and the Ten Commandments. Customs and observances were subject to adaptation to varied circumstances.
"In the very first sermon that he preached in the United States, his inaugural address [this item] before the Har Sinai congregation in Baltimore, he stated in broad and clear lines his conception of Judaism... 'The renunciation of antiquated religious notions and customs must direct our attention more singly and completely to the essence of God's word, which is exalted above the change of times and places'." [Philipson, THE REFORM MOVEMENT IN JUDAISM, page 479. NY: 1907]
Singerman 1377. OCLC records five locations under two accession numbers as of November 2016. Item #33418